World’s largest and tallest en­gi­neered tim­ber of­fice build­ing starts to take shape in Queens­land

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The first de­liv­ery of cross lam­i­nated tim­ber (CLT) col­umns, beams and floor pan­els ar­rived at the Bris­bane Show­grounds in mid-Fe­bru­ary for what’s set to be the world’s largest and tallest en­gi­neered tim­ber of­fice build­ing, 25 King.1 At a height of al­most 45 me­tres, the ground plus nine-storey Bates Smart-de­signed tower in­cludes ser­vices pro­vided by global en­gi­neer­ing firm Aure­con as well as three be­spoke re­tail ten­an­cies. Owned by Im­pact In­vest­ment Group (IIG) the in­no­va­tive build­ing will also be the fu­ture home of Aure­con, with the com­pany com­mit­ting to lease four of the nine of­fice floors. Gen­eral Man­ager for Lendlease Build­ing, Tony Orazio said con­struc­tion of 25 King was well un­der way with the in­stal­la­tion of the first pre-as­sem­bled mod­ules tak­ing place. “As the world’s largest and tallest en­gi­neered tim­ber of­fice build­ing, 25 King will be one of the most ex­cit­ing ad­di­tions ever made to Bris­bane’s sky­line. “A key el­e­ment of 25 King’s struc­ture is the use of pre­fab­ri­cated mod­ules for each floor. These mod­ules are pre­assem­bled at ground height and then lifted into place to form what looks like a wooden lego struc­ture,” said Mr Orazio. “The fas­ci­nat­ing thing about build­ing with tim­ber is that its strength is akin to con­crete and steel, it can be pro­duced eco­nom­i­cally in a fac­tory en­vi­ron­ment and most im­por­tantly boasts a plethora of sus­tain­abil­ity ben­e­fits.” Queens­land’s Deputy Jackie Trad de­scribed said 25 King as break­ing new ground in its use of struc­tural tim­ber in a build­ing of its type and size. “These ma­te­ri­als are sus­tain­able, strong and light, with a struc­tural strength akin to the tra­di­tional con­crete and steel. “This is a great ex­am­ple of the type of de­vel­op­ment we’ll be see­ing more of in the fu­ture, and it puts Queens­land at fore­front of cut­ting edge sus­tain­able con­struc­tion prac­tices,” she said when de­tails of the mas­sive project were re­leased last year. Con­structed with wood, CLT has a far lower car­bon foot­print than other build­ing ma­te­ri­als, the pro­duc­tion process pro­duces zero waste, and tim­bers are sourced from cer­ti­fied sus­tain­ably man­aged forests. A world first in sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture, 25 King is tar­get­ing a 6-star Green Star De­sign and As Built rat­ing which will use 67 per cent less elec­tric­ity and 55 per cent less potable wa­ter2 and is tar­get­ing a WELL Core and Shell rat­ing. 25 King will see six storeys above ground by mid-2018 and is due for com­ple­tion in late 2018, with Lendlease de­vel­op­ing and build­ing the as­set. Lendlease will con­tinue to work with its part­ners to lease the ap­prox­i­mately 7,900 square me­tres of re­main­ing of­fice space. 25 King is Lendlease’s fifth en­gi­neered tim­ber build­ing in Aus­tralia and joins In­ter­na­tional House Syd­ney, Forte Apart­ments and Li­brary at The Dock in Mel­bourne, and Jor­dan Springs Com­mu­nity Hub in Western Syd­ney. Lendlease is a part­ner in The Fu­ture Tim­ber Hub, Aus­tralia’s lead­ing tim­ber re­search col­lab­o­ra­tion com­mit­ted to chal­leng­ing the bar­rier of tim­ber con­struc­tion by pur­su­ing re­search-based strate­gies and in­no­va­tion tech­nolo­gies to boost the tim­ber in­dus­try.

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